She loves a moist environment. She’ll enjoy being misted every few days. She also grows brilliantly in a terrarium.
She loves soil that’s lightly moist but not soggy. Give her a drink when the top of the soil feels dry.
She likes a spot that’s bright but out of direct sunlight. Too much sun can burn her leaves.
Fittonias will never grow taller than about 15cm, so they’re ideal for spots where you want colour but only have space for small plants.
Plant height (including pot)
Nursery pot size
Fittonias may be small but they really grab your attention. These adorable plants have little green leaves with bright veins, which can be all sorts of colours from white to pink to deep red. They’re great for providing colour all year round and work really well as an accent plant on a bedside table or shelf. This species, ‘Ruby Lime’, has vivid green and pink leaves, so she’ll stand out wherever you put her.
Fittonias come from the South America rainforest, where they cover the ground with their lovely colour. Because they’re rainforest plants, they love moist conditions and a medium level of light. They do best if they’re kept in moist soil and given regular misting, to keep the air humid. They’re also a perfect plant for a terrarium, where they’ll thrive in the warm, moist air.
Fittonias will always stay small – they’ll eventually reach about 15cm tall – but you can help them grow healthily by giving them a dose of plant food once per month in spring and summer. If you want to keep them really small and bushy, just snip back any long growth whenever you want.
Did you know?
Fittonias are sometimes known as the ‘nerve plant’, because their veins look (a bit) like the human nervous system.